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Campbell on the fallout from the selling out of the Kurds

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 10:35 am | Gordon Campbell

Less than a week can seem like a long time in politics…Reportedly, the US betrayal of the Kurds in northern Syria has not only trashed the Kurds’ bold experiment in egalitarian self-rule, but has also pushed them into the arms of the Assad regime. ... More >>

Campbell on the local body election result in Wellington

Monday, 14 October 2019, 12:59 pm | Gordon Campbell

F or obvious reasons, politics is more of a big deal in the capital city than anywhere else in the country. Even so, fewer than four in ten eligible voters bothered to vote in Saturday’s local body elections in Wellington (turnout 39.66%). Even less ... More >>

Stewardship land review a “red rag to a bull”

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 2:31 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Conservation Authority’s has been warned by its West Coast liaison board that proceeding with a review of the Department of Conservation’s stewardship land in the run up to the election would be a “red rag to a bull”. More >>

University Woes: The Managerial Class Gets Uppity

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 1:05 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The university, in a global sense, is passing into a managerial oblivion. There are a few valiant holdouts, but they have the luxury of history, time, and learning. Cambridge and Oxford, for instance, still boast traditional academics, soaking erudition, ... More >>

Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 6:18 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Violence is pervasive throughout human society and it has a vast range of manifestations. Moreover, some of these manifestations – particularly the threat of nuclear war (which might start regionally), the climate catastrophe and the ongoing ecological ... More >>

The Politics of Funding: Cash Crisis at the United Nations

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 7:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It remains one of the more unusual arrangements in terms of funding. Like a club filled with members of erratic disposition, the United Nations can never count on all dues to come in on time. Some members drag their feet. The bill is often delayed. ... More >>

Treasury admits second confidential information blunder

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 5:31 pm | RNZ

The new Treasury boss has had to make an embarrassing apology to the Finance Minister, just weeks into her new job, after a second lapse around confidential information. More >>

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks' match against Italy cancelled

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 4:51 pm | RNZ

The All Blacks final Rugby World Cup pool match against Italy has been called off due to Super Typhoon Hagibis, World Rugby has confirmed. More >>

Gordon Campbell on betraying the Kurds

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 1:30 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on betraying the Kurds, and the criticism of Adrian Orr First published on Werewolf More >>

Sonny Tau resigns as chairman of Te Rūnanga ā iwi o Ngāpuhi

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 11:33 am | RNZ

Ngāpuhi leader Sonny Tau has resigned as the chairman of Te Rūnanga ā iwi o Ngāpuhi. More >>

Super Typhoon leaves CNMI unscathed, heads for Japan

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:53 am | RNZ

Powerful Super Typhoon Hagibis has left the Northern Marianas unscathed and is on its way to Japan. More >>

Moruroa nuclear site could collapse, MP warns UN

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:51 am | RNZ

French Polynesian pro-independence politician, Moetai Brotherson, says it is only a matter of time before the French nuclear weapons test site at Moruroa collapses. More >>

Austrian countess fined over NZ land purchase

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:11 am | RNZ

Green Rush - An Austrian countess breached New Zealand's overseas investment rules while buying an iconic farm station to convert to pine trees, but was allowed to keep the property and was fined just a fraction of the purchase price. More >>

Search for man near ferry terminal finished

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 2:38 pm | RNZ

The police dive squad has finished its search for a man last seen going into the water near Auckland's ferry terminal in the early hours of Monday. More >>

Defects left Cashmere High fire protection compromised

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 11:27 am | RNZ

Mistakes by contractors compromised fire sprinklers and alarms at one of the country's largest high schools. More >>

Local elections turn-out too early to tell

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:59 am | RNZ

Local Government New Zealand says it is still too early to make a prediction on voter turnout for Saturday's election. More >>

Litany of failures led to Kiribati ferry tragedy - report

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:56 am | RNZ

A ship that sank in Kiribati last year, killing 95 people, was severely overloaded, unauthorised to carry passengers, had no emergency beacon, not enough life jackets, and was also commanded by a captain who ignored several warnings on the day of the ... More >>

NZ First reports leak of members' data to police

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:31 am | RNZ

New Zealand First is reporting a breach of party member details to the police and the Privacy Commissioner. More >>

Review finds NZTA road safety regulation failings

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 10:27 am | RNZ

A government review has found years of ineffective monitoring at the Transport Agency led to road safety regulation failings. More >>

Parent visa to retain skilled migrants pushing some to leave

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 1:11 pm | RNZ

Thousands of migrants have been dealt a crushing blow with new stringent rules dashing their hopes of bringing parents from overseas to live in New Zealand. More >>

Parent Category visa ‘grossly unfair’ for long term migrants

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 11:54 am | Aaron Martin

Anyone who has settled in New Zealand will be affected by the Parent visa – whether they arrived two years ago or 20 years ago. Immigration Law expert Aaron Martin points out that even New Zealand citizens who migrated here half a lifetime ago are no longer ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on a new book on the leaky homes scandal

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 11:09 am | Gordon Campbell

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of ... More >>

Endeavour arrives at Tūranganui-a-Kiwa as part of Tuia 250

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 9:55 am | RNZ

The co-chair for Tuia 250 national commemorations says it's not a bad thing if people want to express their views, as a replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour is today set to make its way into Tūranganui-a-Kiwa. More >>

The America of Trump’s Father

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 9:32 am | Wayne Madsen

One might have been confused about America’s actual loyalties during the brewing years of World War II if they happened to live in the greater New York City region. New York and its suburbs in Long Island and New Jersey had a vibrant community of ... More >>

Dozens of arrests after central Wellington climate protest

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 9:29 am | RNZ

Extinction Rebellion block off street in central Wellington 8:04 pm on 7 October 2019 More >>

Extinction Rebellion block off street in central Wellington

Monday, 7 October 2019, 3:38 pm | RNZ

Climate change protesters have glued themselves to a glass wall inside a bank in central Wellington. More >>

Dunedin's property managers under the spotlight

Monday, 7 October 2019, 12:29 pm | RNZ

Otago advocates for tenants are calling for the rental industry to be regulated further, with unscrupulous property managers made to sit a test or get a proper licence. More >>

Auckland woman 'loses tens of thousands' in evil spirit scam

Monday, 7 October 2019, 12:08 pm | RNZ

Police are again warning about a type of scam targeting elderly Chinese people after an Auckland woman lost tens of thousands of dollars. More >>

Over 11,500 flee West Papua town after clashes

Monday, 7 October 2019, 11:52 am | RNZ

Indonesia says more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from a town in West Papua. More >>

Foreign forestry companies NZ's biggest landowners

Monday, 7 October 2019, 11:44 am | RNZ

The four largest private landowners in New Zealand are all foreign-owned forestry companies, an RNZ investigation has found. More >>

Internal Dissolution: Brexit and the Disunited Kingdom

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 6:20 pm | Binoy Kampmark

While the European family seems to be having its internal spats – populist sparks within threatening to light the powder keg – the marshals and deputies, for the most part, are attempting to contain the British contagion. Britain is still scheduled ... More >>

NZ performs well in world energy trilemma index, but slips

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 3:27 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on September26 , 2019. An analysis of the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index shows NZ ranks highly in comparison to other countries, but has slipped in terms of security and sustainability. More >>

Lines companies, retailers clash in default price debate

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 3:22 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on September26 , 2019. Electricity lines companies are suggesting changes are needed to the regulatory framework due to the impact of low-interest rates on calculations as the Commerce Commission releases ... More >>

Italy Should Make Friends with the U.S. Public

Friday, 4 October 2019, 11:31 am | David Swanson

In the late 1980s when I was a teenager and an exchange student in Bassano del Grappa I loved Italy for the same reasons I’ve loved it ever since, reasons that include natural and human-created and human beauty. I found Italians on average to be friendly, ... More >>

Little: Unis need academic freedoms, not discrimination

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 5:31 pm | RNZ

The Justice Minister says universities are in a difficult position, as stickers promoting a white supremacist group appear on campuses across the country. More >>

'Lots of tears' as Pike River families enter mine drift

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 4:59 pm | RNZ

Pike River families have laid flowers and taken small rocks as mementoes as they visit the seal to the mine for the first time. More >>

Orphan stuck in Syrian refugee camp could be a New Zealander

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 4:31 pm | RNZ

It's been claimed a three-year-old orphan stuck in a Syrian refugee camp is the child of a deceased New Zealand citizen. More >>

NZ First president Lester Gray resigns from party

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 4:11 pm | RNZ

New Zealand First's president Lester Gray has resigned from both his post and the wider party. More >>

Gordon Campbell on British apologies, and interest rates

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 3:42 pm | Gordon Campbell

I n April this year, the British High Commissioner to India laid a wreath and expressed official “regret” for the massacre that occurred in Amritsar on 13 April, 1919. In brief, British troops fired on a large crowd of unarmed people who had gathered ... More >>

UK govt's expression of regret to Gisborne iwi

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 11:47 am | RNZ

Gisborne iwi say the unprecedented expression of regret by the British government for the harm caused when James Cook arrived in New Zealand in 1769 opens a new chapter in their history. More >>

Arguments to move mosque attack trial to be heard today

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 10:34 am | RNZ

The case for moving the trial of the man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks to another city will be heard at the High Court in Christchurch today. More >>

Third of vaping advisory group come from e-cig industry

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 10:22 am | RNZ

A health advocacy group says it is a risk to have a third of the government's vaping advisory group made up of representatives of the e-cigarette industry. More >>

Open letter denounces white supremacy at Auckland University

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 9:59 am | RNZ

Hundreds of university staff have signed an open letter declaring racism and white supremacy have "no place" at Auckland University. More >>

High Commissioner's regret 'more meaningful than apology'

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 4:54 pm | RNZ

A Ngati Oneone representative says he's optimistic about the British High Commissioner's statement of regret and believes it's more meaningful than an apology. More >>

The President Did It: Donald Trump’s Phone Around

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 4:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When the squalid, absurd and occasionally hilarious accounts are compiled by a sober mind, the Trump administration will stand out as much gargoyle with more than a touch of paranoia. But there will be one thing that might save the man who has given an ... More >>

Govt considers scrapping old cars to modernise vehicle fleet

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 12:12 pm | RNZ

The government is considering paying people to scrap their old bangers in a bid to modernise the vehicle fleet. More >>

Auckland Uni management won't act on white supremacist flyer

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 11:32 am | RNZ

A senior lecturer at the University of Auckland says management needs to take a stand against white supremacist propaganda on campus, or it runs the risk of scaring away future students. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Could a Kiwi Boris suspend Parliament?

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 10:46 am | Gordon Campbell

Interesting piece in yesterday’s NZ Herald about the unanimous decision by the British Supreme Court that it was unlawful for PM Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament in the run-up to Brexit. Interesting because the two experts cited at length – ... More >>

Iwi to receive regret message for Māori killed by Cook crew

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 9:40 am | RNZ

Gisborne iwi are set to receive a message this afternoon from the British High Commissioner for the Māori killed when James Cook arrived in 1769. More >>

Two unborn babies die after mothers catch measles

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 4:11 pm | RNZ

Two pregnant women with measles have lost their babies in the latest Auckland outbreak. Auckland health officials have been giving details of some of the complications suffered by measles patients in the outbreak, the worst in 20 years. More >>

Air Force abuse survivor challenges compensation ruling

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 3:52 pm | RNZ

A woman who was sexually harassed in the Air Force by a sergeant is trying to over-turn a High Court ruling that denied her compensation. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Saudis (not) getting away with murder

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 12:41 pm | Gordon Campbell

On October 2nd last year, the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul, by a hit squad of assassins acting on the orders of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman. Regardless, the Trump White House has ... More >>

Strikes cause major delays to x-rays and scans

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 11:44 am | RNZ

X-rays and scans are needed by many patients admitted to hospital but today [ Monday 30 Sept ], from North Cape to Bluff, they were reserved for urgent cases only as radiographers went on strike. More >>

Defence industry forum canned over protester concern

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 11:00 am | RNZ

A controversial defence industry forum will not go ahead this year partly because of what organisers are calling aggressive protesters. More >>

Changes to NZ border rules kick in today

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 10:32 am | RNZ

Visitors will be unable to travel to New Zealand without a new Electronic Travel Authority as tougher border rules go live today. More >>

Spark stands by RWC coverage after more complaints

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 9:57 am | RNZ

Spark Sport is defending its Rugby World Cup, saying all but one of the games it has streamed have been without issue. More >>

State sector pay rates 'have got completely out of control'

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 9:49 am | RNZ

The government is being urged to do more to crack down on pay for top officials and executives in the state sector. More >>

Ardern promotes internet censorship at UN

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 9:46 am | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern used her visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly to accelerate global efforts to censor the internet. Her government is playing a leading role in exploiting the March 15 Christchurch terrorist ... More >>

Timeline for mosque shootings Royal Commission 'unrealistic'

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 9:42 am | RNZ

The government is seeking advice after multiple high-level calls to give the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch mosque shootings more time to complete its investigation. More >>

Leaking, Whistleblowing and the Democrats

Monday, 30 September 2019, 8:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The entire Trump presidency has been a sequence of “watch this space” moments. Dismissals and political executions; attacks and distractions; gestures of deal making and promises of apocalypse. Perhaps it was high time for another bit of material ... More >>

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